State Briefs | Endangered Mexican gray wolf found dead in Arizona

A Mexican gray wolf. According to the most recent survey, an estimated 113 wolves roam parts of Arizona and New Mexico.

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A Mexican gray wolf. According to the most recent survey, an estimated 113 wolves roam parts of Arizona and New Mexico.

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – Federal authorities are investigating the death of a Mexican gray wolf as wildlife managers prepare for an annual survey of the endangered species along the Arizona-New Mexico border.

Officials with the wolf recovery effort announced Tuesday that a female wolf was found dead in December in Arizona. They declined to release more information, saying the case is still under investigation.

For 2017, there were a total of 12 documented wolf deaths and one removal of a wolf from the wild that resulted in its death.

According to the most recent count, there are at least 113 wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico.

Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say a new survey of the population will begin next Monday. The effort will take two weeks.

Woman who faked cancer to get abortion coverage loses appeal

PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal from a woman serving a prison sentence for faking a cancer diagnosis to get the state to pay for her late-term abortion.

Chalice Renee Zeitner was convicted in 2016 of fraud, theft and forgery charges in the abortion-related case. She was separately convicted for defrauding a military charity and for aggravated drunken driving.

The now-32-year-old Phoenix woman appealed her convictions in the abortion and charity fraud cases. Her attorney argued prosecutors violated her medical privacy by using her doctors' testimony and medical records to prove their case.

Tuesday's appeals court ruling says state law requires physicians to disclose confidential medical information in suspected fraud cases and rejected her appeal.

Zeitner is serving a 28-year prison term for all three crimes.